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Today in Johnson City History: January 29

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Jan. 29, 1935: Milligan College students, faculty and alumni mourned the death of founder and two-time president Josephus Hopwood. At age 91, Hopwood had suffered a stroke the prior weekend and never regained consciousness. Hopwood started Milligan as Buffalo Male and Female Institute in 1866, three years before nearby Johnson City received its state charter.

Jan. 29, 1955: The East Tennessee State College Buccaneers defeated their nearest rivals, the Milligan Buffaloes, 99-74, in men’s basketball before 3,000 fans. The home game represented the 26th consecutive Volunteer State Conference victory for ETSC Coach Madison Brooks, whose name now adorns that same gymnasium, and the 14th consecutive home win for the Bucs.

Jan. 29, 1970: The Johnson City Area Chamber of Commerce held its 55th annual membership dinner meeting. Dan B. Wexler was the Chamber president. The theme was “The Beginning of a Second Century of Progress.”

Jan. 29, 2009: Mayor Jane Myron announced her intentions to seek another four-year term on the Johnson City Commission.

Sources: Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection.

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